10Best places for gorgeous duds in New Orleans

If clothes make the New Orleans (wo)man, that woman has a sense of style that is all her own, never mind what is trending anywhere else. Retro, yes, Goth, sure, flirty, definitely, vintage, natch.  It's all here and fun for the browsing.

Retail has had a long and proud history in New Orleans, and there are still shops that date back generations.  At Rubenstein’s on Canal, brothers Morris, Elkin and Sam first set up shop in 1924, beginning a tradition of bespoke fashion and European elegance that continues today.

In the French Quarter, where owner-operated retail stores are the norm, Chartres Street is the place to mine for owner-operated boutiques and discounted high fashion.

For that last minute Mardi Gras invitation, formals are de rigueur, so of course there are plenty of options when you need a fix of glitz.  More good news: you can't over glam in this town, so bring on the sequins, pile on the glitter and strut your stuff.

French Quarter
Lost and Found
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This French Quarter gem owned by a mother/daughter team is simply wonderful. From locally made candles that make great gifts (try the King Cake and Coffee Beignet) to retro chic fashions and artsy voodoo doll, this tucked away boutique close to...  Read More

French Quarter
Moonshine Nettie

If you're part magpie, you don't want to miss Moonshine Nettie, one-stop vintage shop that clamors for attention thanks to glitz, glamour and sequins up one side and down the other. From classic pearl snap western shirts and flashy leopard coats...  Read More

Fleurty Girl is wildly popular clothing and accessories shop with multiple locations and a decidedly local accent. The boutique's specialty is screen printed tees that feature New Orleans witticisms, catch phrases and pop culture references that...  Read More

The Red Carpet is exactly what you'd imagine: a place to up your glam game to match any fine occasion. The store carries a huge inventory of dresses, lingerie and evening wear that can work for corporate, social or costume balls. Look for big...  Read More

Miss Claudia's, located on funky Magazine Street is not your typical clothing store, though for the Big Easy this is run-of-the-mill. Miss Claudia's doubles as a vintage clothing store and a costume shop. They have many accessories and add-ons...  Read More

A Girl is a Gun is an Uptown clothing boutique on Magazine Street with one snappy motto: Dress to Kill. The boutique specializes in vintage style women's clothing to be worn for any occasion. The owner, Patricia, is always around and super...  Read More

Pied nu is the French phrase for bare foot, and when it comes to this shop, that bare foot is attached to somebody with gobs of effortless style. Although it has a small footprint, this shop pops with a large personality and a distinctive...  Read More

French Quarter

A standout among New Orleans clothing stores, Trashy Diva specializes in making and selling contemporary takes on vintage styles. This fashion-savvy boutique features a spectrum of detailed dresses, flattering lingerie, retro-inspired shoes and...  Read More

Rubensteins sets the standard for upscale menswear shopping in New Orleans. Other men's clothing stores may have let personal service slip over the years, but not this Canal Street classic. Rubensteins maintains the same remarkable service and...  Read More

French Quarter

United Apparel Liquidators (U.A.L.) on Chartres is the local location of the original store founded in Hattiesburg, Mississippi back in 1980. Now in three states with multiple locations, including this one in the French Quarter U.A.L. is a...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

After spending years flying in regularly to research stories,...  More About Beth

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